1948, Israel and the Palestinians - The true story

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In the Israel-Palestinian issue, a recent declassification of millions of documents from the period of the British Mandate (1920-1948) and Israel's early days show a much more definitive perspective of the historical record. The documents, untapped by earlier generations of writers and ignored or distorted by the new historians, reveal that the claim of dispossession is not only completely unfounded but the inverse of the truth. For instance, in the early 1920s, it was the Palestinian Arab leaders who launched assaults versus the Zionist state, aimed at obliterating the Jewish national revival. The Palestinian Arab leaders even attempted to abort a UN resolution in 1947, which called for the establishment of two states in Palestine. Had these leaders accepted the UN resolution, there would have been no war and no dislocation in the first place. On the other hand, the Israeli intentions were clearly constructive. Israel's prime minister at that day welcomed the idea of a Jewish-Arab alliance. This showed in the raising of the standard of living of the Arab citizens after World War I. In another instance, the Jewish hospitality was taking place at a time when huge numbers of Palestinian Arabs were actively driven from their homes by their own leaders in order to prevent them from becoming citizens of the prospective Jewish state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-29
Number of pages7
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes


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